Computer-Integrated Surgery I (601.455/655 - formerly 600.445/645)

Professor Russell H. Taylor

Office: Hackerman Hall127
Lab: Hackerman Hall  B08H
LCSR Executive Director (major adminstrative matters): Lorrie Dodd;; 410-516-0740
Personal Assistant (appointments and routine matters): Ashley Moriarty;;410-516-6841
Office Hours: By appointment

Fall 2020 Information

Class times and location

Section and TA office times and location

Use of Course Materials

Fall 2020 Organization Information

Fall 2020 Schedule (under construction and subject to change)



Teaching Assistants

Piazza Page

We have set up a CIS I Piazza Page for the class. Primarily, this will be used for announcements and to provide a means for students to ask questions of the instructor and the TA. We will be monitoring it fairly closely, but don't guarantee instantaneous response. Students enrolled in the class need to activate their Piazza accounts and check to see that they have access to the page. The signup link is CIS I Piazza .  If you have problems, contact the TA. Here are a few of the uses that are legitimate for the Q/A section:

Here are some things that are not proper:

Blackboard Page

The class Blackboard page will mostly be used for material that should not be made public.  One example is the zoom link for the class. We may also use Blackboard to hold Panopto links for videos of lectures.

Homework Submission

We will be using Gradescope for homework submission. Please sign up at

Other Information and Useful Links

General Information

Course Concept

This course focuses on computer-based techniques, systems, and applications exploiting quantitative information from medical images and sensors to assist clinicians in all phases of treatment, from diagnosis to preoperative planning, execution, and follow-up. It emphasizes the relationship between problem definition, computer-based technology, and clinical application and includes a number of guest lectures given by surgeons and other experts on requirements and opportunities in particular clinical areas. An optional term project may be undertaken under supervision of the instructor and clinician end users. Although this course is primarily intended for graduate students and advanced undergraduate students interested in doing research in this area, it may also be of interest to medical or qualified premedical students wanting to obtain a broader background in this emerging field. 


Section Information

The section for this course will present supplementary material related to the main lectures and the homeworks. Attendance is not mandatory, but it is recommended for those unfamiliar with the topic to be covered on a given date. Section will not be held every week, but rather when there are important topics which require extra time to cover. The focus of the section will be on presenting techniques that will help you to understand and complete the homework assignments, both written and programming. Topics will generally be posted on the website at least a week in advance. If students have topics which they would like to have sections taught on, they should contact the TA and he will try to incorporate them.

Related Courses

Recommended Text

Grading Policy (subject to change)